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Elf Joe Brien showed visitors including Kara Stuller and her daughter, Tallulah, how to make wooden bouncer toys at the Souterrain Gallery in West Cornwall on Saturday, Dec. 8, during the annual Holiday Stroll. 

Cornwall

Bridge’s due date is Dec. 10

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CORNWALL — Planning efforts to replace a town bridge continued last week at a special meeting of the Board of Selectmen, where an agenda for the Oct. 8 special town meeting was approved.
The goal is to quickly replace the Lower River Road bridge over Mill Brook; the bridge was destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene. As of the meeting on the morning of Sept. 28, the tight schedule remained on track (verified by a phone call during the meeting to consulting engineer David Battista).

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Sign of the times is not about modern times

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CORNWALL — An old-fashioned sign directing travelers to the oldest part of town is about to be replaced. The plan isn’t to make it bigger or better or simply more modern. Cornwall craftsman Zejke Hermann has been hired to replicate the sign.
Located at the corner of Route 128 and Town Street, it is these days more of historical than informational importance.
The selectmen approved the $875 cost at their Sept. 6 meeting. Hermann said this week he had received a down payment and was about to start work. Funding will come from a state grant.

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Town races to repair damaged bridge

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CORNWALL — Battling time and the elements to replace a bridge damaged by Tropical Storm Irene was looking remarkably doable as of last week.
The selectmen spent most of their Sept. 20 meeting discussing everything that needs to get done, and setting a schedule that is detailed practically down to the minute.
Engineer David Battista will continue to work as needed. Resident expert Roger Kane said he will continue to consult on a volunteer basis.
First Selectman Gordon Ridgway stated repeatedly he will not allow red tape to slow the process.

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The piper played

Lee Collins, retired Cornwall teacher, donned his tam and kilt and played his bagpipes for the children at the Cornwall Child Center on Wednesday, Sept 21. Collins is one of a number of musicians offering opportunities for the center children to experience different musical instruments and the sounds they make.

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Info meeting on two bridge jobs

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CORNWALL — A public information meeting will be hosted by the Department of Transportation (DOT) at Town Hall at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29.
DOT representatives will offer details and answer questions about two bridge replacement projects slated to begin in spring 2014.

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Town meeting is now set for Oct. 8 at the school

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Town meeting is now set for Oct. 8 at the school
CORNWALL — The town meeting scheduled for Sept. 30 has been rescheduled for Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m., at Cornwall Consolidated School.
The agenda will include establishing an economic development commission and a commission on aging. Also on the call is a new item. Voters will be asked to approve an appropriation of up to $500,000 in reimbursable funding for the emergency replacement of a Lower River Road bridge.

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Fifty attend Cornwall Association annual meeting, tea

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CORNWALL — The Cornwall Association held its annual meeting and welcoming tea for new residents on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Cornwall Library.
First Selectman Gordon Ridgway gave the yearly state of the town report and representatives of other town groups presented reports on their activities.
About 50 people attended.
David Cadwell, who is retiring as president of the association, put the organization’s role in town in perspective. “Over the years,” he said, “the Cornwall Association has been called Cornwall’s think tank.”

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A fresh eye, a budding artist

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CORNWALL — His Kodak pocket camera is always on hand. Alden Weigold knows that opportunity is one of the keys to great photography. He is also not shy about admitting he has talent. It is pretty evident in the large collection of his digital photos on exhibit at the Cornwall Library. The show opened with a reception this past Saturday and runs through Oct. 22.
This is his first show. If there is a theme to “The Way I See It,” it is that all of the photos were taken over summer vacation. Alden is 8 years old.

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Affordable homes for elderly

Bonney Brook a bonny idea
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CORNWALL — A stream that runs through a Cornwall Bridge property has provided the name for a housing complex for the elderly that will be built there soon.
Ground is expected to be broken this fall on Bonney Brook, a 10-unit U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) subsidized apartment building on Route 7 (between the Cornwall General Store and the Cornwall Bridge fire house).
Interest in the rent-controlled homes has already been substantial. The overriding theme in comments about it was the difficulty of finding affordable retirement residences here.

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Artists share their skills at CCC

CORNWALL — Clint and Kim Thorn, owners of ThornCrest Farm in Goshen, came to the Cornwall Child Center for a special woodworking project during “Be a Builder” week. Clint Thorn is a sculptor of one of a kind utilitarian sculpture and furniture, known internationally for The Open Talon signature sculpture he does with hand tools only.
His wife, Kim, is a professional photographer.
The children sanded, nailed, drilled and painted mahogany pencil holders with the Thorns and teachers Chelsea Conklin and Susan Battista.

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